A gavel and legal textbook in a courtroom

Houston Matters

What are the duties of attorneys and judges in criminal appeals?

Posted on · Houston Matters discusses what a recent ruling related to a mistake made by a high-profile attorney says about the expectations of appellate lawyers and judges and what criminal defendants should know about the process.

Ken Paxton Impeachment Press Conference

Texas

Securities fraud case against suspended Texas AG Ken Paxton to be tried in Houston, court rules

Posted on · Paxton, a 60-year-old Republican who was criminally indicted in 2015 but has yet to stand trial, also faces an impeachment trial in the Texas Senate this summer.

Crystal Mason in Fort Worth in 2019. She was convicted of voting illegally in the 2016 election, but her case has remained on appeal.

Criminal Justice

Crystal Mason’s contentious illegal voting conviction must be reconsidered, criminal appeals court says

Posted on · Mason said she didn’t know she was ineligible to vote when she cast a provisional ballot in 2016, but she was sentenced to five years. Now, the Court of Criminal Appeals says an appellate court that affirmed her conviction must look again at the evidence of Mason’s intent.

Houston Matters

Lawsuit Alleges the Way Texas Elects Judges to its Highest Courts is Unfair to Minorities

Posted on · Last month (July 2016), a civil rights organization sued the State of Texas, arguing the way the state elects judges for the Texas Supreme Court and the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals violates the Voting Rights Act. The Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court saying the […]

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